Simhachalam , a temple city and a known Hindu pilgrim destination located in Vizag, Andra Pradesh. It is rich in picturesque beauty and natural splendors. This city is divinely located on a hilly region. The hillock is well protected by thick dense forest and offers many eye-catching sight seeings and satisfy adventure lovers. One can take trekking towards the hillock which is most adventurous activity in Simhachalam. Even devotees are taking trekking as a part of pilgrimage. Legends claims that the hilly forest area was a dwelling place of lions and so called Simhachalam. Simha refers to lion. Some legends are stating that the hill located here was the biggest and largest in ancient India, so to describe the grandiosity of the hill, they named as Simhachalam, King of hills as lion is considered king of the forest.
Must see Places
Varaha Lakshmi Narashimha Temple
It is commonly known as Simhadri among devotees, a beautiful shrine dedicated to incarnation of Lard Vishnu. A serene Hindu pilgrim finely representing the architectural blend of Chalukyan and Orissan styles. This temple was visited by King Sri Krishna Devaraya and he presented a precious necklace which is still preserved with great respect and love. The artwork of shrine is enhanced by the presiding deity Lord Varaha Narashimha, is resembles Shiva Lingam which is entirely covered with sandal paste. The lively sculptures of various deities, carvings and paintings are other features of this temple.
Govindharaja Swamy Temple
It is an important Hindu shrine, dedicated to Lord Govindha Swamy and Lord Parthasarathy. The ancient temple was built during 1130 AD. Beautiful seven-storey building, constructed on 1618 is the highlight located at the entrance of the temple, dedicated to goddess Lakshmi. Wonderful place to visit for its antiquity and amazing artwork.
Lakshmi Devi Temple
A most popular temple among female devotees, dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. The scenic surroundings are excellently seen from this temple premises. Goddess Lakshmi is considered sign of prosperity and auspiciousness, devotees believe that visiting this temple will bring them austerity. The age of the temple is unknown but certainly many centuries old. This beauty of this temple is further enhanced by lively paintings and sculptures of various deities, lights and carvings. There are many small shrines are located inside the temple premises.
Simhavalli temple, Lakshminarayana swamy temple and Gangathara are the other good temples in Simhachalam.
How to reach Simhachalam
Vizag domestic airport is located 16 km from Simhachalam. Hyderabad and Chennai international airports are far away, nearly 503 km and 629 km from Simhachalam respectively.
Vizag railway station is nearest one. Well connecting almost all major Indian cities and states.
From Vizag and Vijayawada State road corporation transport buses and private owned buses are available to reach Simhachalam.
In Summer 30° c to 42 ° c. In Winter 18° c to 25 ° c. October to March is the best time to plan a visit.